Near the end of my surgical training, I spent three months as chief resident of a hospital trauma team. Two other doctors-in-training and I formed the first-line emergency room response, resuscitating patients who had been mangled, burned or otherwise injured. It was my first experience as a leader, but each of us was already fairly proficient and we all got along.
Scenario #1: Providing Emergency Treatment at an MVA “I was driving on a stormy New England afternoon when I came upon a car on its roof in a ditch, the driver’s body lying half in and half out of his window. I called 9-1-1 then went to see if I could help. The man was trapped under the dash with an obvious head injury, a GCS that I had calculated to be 5 with a blown pupil on the left.
Heart specialists at the University of Michigan Health System make a plea for clarity on the best approach for prescribing beta blockers before surgery. February 12, 2010 In a commentary appearing in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association , heart specialists at the University of Michigan Health System make a plea for clarity on the best approach for prescribing beta blockers before surgery.
Dr. Joan M. Teno of Brown University and her colleagues found that hundreds of patients who had specified, in writing, that they did not want a feeding tube received one anyhow. Reuters Health February 12, 2010 Whether or not a person with advanced dementia winds up with a feeding tube inserted down their throat may have more to do with economic concerns than his or her wishes, suggests a new study out in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).
Storage space, locking options and lightweight /easy maneuverability are three very important topics to consider when purchasing mobile surgical carts. 1. The storage options should be versatile. Available space must accommodate the needs of each specialty.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. -GB Shaw After over twenty years working as a head and neck cancer surgeon, much of what I do has become routine. Even the operations that once kept me awake at night or the procedures that required a trip to the library are just part of a day’s work.
(Reuters) Drugmakers are starting to get into bed with information technology companies as they struggle to prove the value of their medicines to governments and insurers. By using smart gadgets to monitor patients in real time, pharmaceutical companies believe they can improve clinical outcomes and establish the cost-effectiveness of treatments.
Anne Mitchell, a nurse at Winkler County Memorial Hospital in the small West Texas town of Kermit, was acquitted after authorities had charged her with “misuse of official information” following her filling a complaint with the Texas Medical Board regarding what she felt were unsafe practices by Dr.
As Medical Director for the Women's Health Clinic at the Regina General Hospital, Dr. John Thiel is proud to offer patients from across southern Saskatchewan care that is second to none in the country, thanks to two new Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) suites funded by Hospitals of Regina Foundation donors.
The video features a young patient with severe (stage 4) rectovaginal endometriosis with extensive adhesions on the reproductive organs. The patient suffers from chronic pelvic and bowel pain. In addition, this patient is infertile and seeks fertility. This video demonstrates the technique of excision (peeling) of endometriois form the surface of the ureters (tubes carrying urine to the bladder), large bowel and other pelvic organs.
This is Part 2 of a three part Patient Education Series on Total Knee Replacement (TKR). Part 1 discusses the preoperative issues that patients need to know prior to the decision to have TKR. Part 2 is the surgical video. Part 3 discusses the postoperative issues all TKR patients need to understand.
Prior to docking the daVinci Surgical System, an operative space needs to be created, and maintained using the AK Retractor. This video demonstrates the dissection required to create this space. Once this space is created thyroid or parathyroid surgery can be performed. The incision used for this procedure is located in the axilla (armpit), so that it is easily hidden from view.
The other day, as I pulled out my trusty paper-and-pencil planner to write in an appointment, my fiancé laughed at me. “Why don’t you just put everything into your Blackberry?,” he asked. I admit it. I’m stuck in my ways. I’ve never warmed up to the idea of tracking my schedule in my Blackberry with this teeny-tiny screen and even teenier buttons.
A new study finds that using a standard 1-inch needle to immunize obese adolescents against hepatitis B virus produced a much weaker effect than using a longer needle . Frederik Joelving, Reuters Health February 10, 2010 Our ever-expanding waistlines may have outgrown the doctor's needle, researchers say, in what could be another casualty of the obesity epidemic.
Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters Medicare's move in 2005 to pay doctors to do bladder cancer surgery in their offices rather than in hospitals dramatically raised the number of procedures and overall health costs, U.S. researchers say. The findings reflect the complexity of cutting health costs in the United States, showing how in some cases Medicare—the insurance program for the elderly and disabled—gives doctors incentives to provide too much care, the researchers say.